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veridical (vuh-RID-i-kuhl) adjective

1. Truthful.

2. Real; corresponding to facts; representing reality.

[From Latin veridicus, from verus (true) + dicere (to say).]

See more usage examples of veridical in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"It's both surreal and veridical, whimsical and graphic, straightforward and sly." Charlotte O'Sullivan; Up to No Good; The Independent on Sunday (London, UK); Sep 29, 2002.

"If split-brain patients are given such tests, the left hemisphere generates many false reports. But the right brain does not; it provides a much more veridical account." Michael S. Gazzaniga and John W. Karapelou; The Split Brain Revisited; Scientific American (Washington, DC); Jul 1, 1998.

"Post No Bills." Have you ever seen a wall with that notice pasted on it? That reminds me of books, prospectuses, and annual reports with a "blank" page bearing the text: "This page intentionally left blank." In the same vein, this week's A Word A Day theme is intentionally left blank. Instead, I've selected a bunch of whimsical, odd, and fanciful words for us to examine this week.

-Anu Garg


Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them. -Samuel Butler, writer (1835-1902)

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